A 100-Day U-Turn

Tanzania has reached a major milestone in this pandemic: acknowledgment.
 
In a press conference marking her first 100 days in office, President Samia Suluhu Hassan made the country’s COVID-19 numbers public for the first time since May 2020, Nation reports.
 
Hassan said the country had recorded 100 new cases in the latest wave, and that 70 people were on ventilators.
 
Hassan’s predecessor, John Pombe Magufuli, had kept COVID-19 data under wraps and notoriously denied the existence of the disease before he died on March 17.
 
2 days later, Hassan took office, pledging to embrace public health measures to curb the virus and spend $470 million on COVID-19 vaccines, join COVAX, and support sectors badly hit by the pandemic.
 
“I request you to wear masks,” she urged Tanzanians last month. “This pandemic has no respect for your health,” The East African reports.

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